Simon Fraser, a former linebacker for Ohio State University and a current NFL free agent, has endorsed an effort to repeal Ohio's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples and making marriage the only union recognized by the state.

“Now is the time to end marriage discrimination in Ohio,” Fraser said. “Among great American traditions are: equal treatment under the law and religious freedom for all. These principles do not conflict, but exist in harmony. This amendment respects a religion's right to recognize or not recognize marriages while putting all Ohioans on equal footing. I support the Amendment and ask my fellow Ohioans to do the same.”

Fraser, 29, was a member of the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team which won the 2003 national championship. He played three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and one with the Atlanta Falcons. He was inspired to attend medical school by the doctors and nurses who saved the lives of his son and daughter, who were born prematurely. He is currently enrolled at Ohio University.

According to the Gay People's Chronicle, Freedom Ohio, the group gathering the signatures needed to put the amendment on the ballot, has said that it will have enough signatures to meet the July deadline.